All the Wrong Places

Pub Date:   |   Archive Date: 13 May 2019

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I didn't really know what to expect from this novel, but I was pleasantly surprised with a fun and entertaining read. It wasn't exactly as suspense filled as I was hoping, and most of the action didn't really happen until the very end. BUT, it still held my attention and had me flipping pages late into the night. The characters were interesting and I loved the family dynamic between Paige and her mother as well as Paige and her cousin. I'm always a fan of family drama (in books, not real life)!

This novel was a lot of fun and I would highly recommend it to readers who enjoy a light suspense novel filled with high strung family dysfunction. It was entertaining to read and I think readers of all genres will enjoy this novel. Thank you to NetGalley and Ballantine Books for sending this novel in exchange for an honest review. 

Rating 3/5
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Ballantine Books and NetGalley provided me with an electronic copy of All the Wrong Places.  I was under no obligation to review this book and my opinion is freely given.

When a serial killer using online dating as his trolling grounds targets four woman connected by friendship or family binds, will their lives be forever changed?  Will a compulsive need for an outside human connection doom the four women?

I have read Joy Fielding's books for years, but have not enjoyed the more recent ones nearly as much as the previous novels.  The attempts at misdirection only serve to muddle the plot, leaving a less than satisfying taste at the end of the novel.  All the Wrong Places is a psychological thriller with some suspenseful moments, but just not enough to propel this book to higher than average.  I did like some of the characters, especially the relationship between Paige and her mother Joan.  The perils of online dating has been well documented in novels as of late, so there was really no sense of anything unique or remarkably interesting.  For these reasons, I would be hesitant to recommend All the Wrong Places to other readers.
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I received an ARC of this book from the publisher in exchange for an honest review. This did not affect my opinion of the book or my review itself.

This was one of those books where I kept turning pages, but I'm honestly not sure why. At various points, I would consider giving it a DNF, but something I still can't identify kept me reading.

I just had a lot of problems with this book. First, I didn't really like any of the characters, or care about them. I know there were some I was supposed to love and some I was supposed to hate, but I just felt blah towards all of them.

Also, there was barely any mystery or suspense of thrills. There were so many side plots, all full of supposed drama, and when the suspense finally came, it was so rushed. The end twist was a good one, but I saw it coming a few chapters away.

Sadly, I just can't recommend this one. I'm still not sure why I took the time to finish it.
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I have read every book that Joy Fielding has written so when I got this one I was so very excited. She is a great thriller writer, but this one was a tiny bit of a disappointment. It had all the makings of a great thriller. It had the killer, victims, reasons, friends, family, everything you would expect from one of Ms Fielding’s books. The problem I had was that it didn’t focus that much on the killer. I mean it had him of course and it told some vague things about what he did. He was very evil but it gave no reason for why he did what he did. The ending felt unfinished. The last girl, who was a key player in this book, was never mentioned. She was never found??? The killer disappeared without a trace? What was up with that unless maybe there is going to be a sequel which I highly doubt because I have never read one of her books that didn’t end and the bad guy always got caught.

While I did enjoy this book it just didn’t seem like the other books that this author has written. I felt kind of cheated. I liked the characters. They were well developed and you will feel like you know them. You will love to hate about three of them and love the rest. I loved the things that came out of the mouths of Chloe’s children. They were so funny. I was glad she decided to have a life and be happy and that her and Paige were so close. I can’t say much without giving things away though. Paige’s mom was a very nice lady and I was happy she found love at 70. Gives us hope that some things don’t die when we get older. Ha ha But seriously.....

I have to thank NetGalley and Random House Publishing-Ballantine for the ARC of this book.

I only gave this a 4 star rating because of some things noted above. I did enjoy it and I do recommend it to my friends who love to read. It was an enjoyable book. Just a bit off for other books I have read by this author. I will continue to read her books though and wait for another one.
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I really enjoyed this book and I’m giving it 3 out of 5 stars. It was party mystery, there was some comedy and a lot of companionship. The characters were well developed, I was intrigued about what would happen next and I definitely wanted to keep reading to see what happened next.
I thought the plot line was interesting and connected well with how single people currently explored relationships via social media. This book relates to the reader in the way of dating and using an app to forge relationships, but in a thoughtful, insightful way. This book also did a great job of keeping the mystery fresh...you never know what type of person is on the other side of the computer.
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I am  HUGE fan of Joy Fielding and have been for years. I was so excited when I saw on NetGalley that she had a new book coming out ! Even more excited when I was approved to read it !  And this book did not disappoint. And after reading this I will never ever use online dating ! Lol ! In all seriousness, this book is excellent. I was only disappointed in the ending as it left a few things up in the air , but maybe I can hope for a sequel.  This book has it all,  Cheating and betrayal. job loss, jealousy, friendship and murder. There are a few stories with in the story and you can really relate to the characters each and everyone of them.  If I liked the ending better I would have easily given this a 5 Star rating. I highly recommend this book.
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All The Wrong Places is a mystey/thriller that's actually more accurately domestic suspense. As domestic suspense it's outstanding, really digging into the characters and their motivations that make it a worthwhile read. The mystery/thriller aspect of All The Wrong Places doesn't work. But as a domestic suspense novel it's very good indeed.
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You know when you pick up a book thinking that it's gonna be good but then you are highly disappointed that the book just isn't up to your standards, that this book for myself. I can't give a review for a book that I wasn't able to finish.

Thank You for the chance to read this book!
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Thank you Net Galley and the publisher for giving me the opportunity to read this book.  I've read all of Joy Fielding's other books and I was excited to read this book; unfortunately, I was disappointed.  I could not get into the book  I gave up a quarter of the way through.
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Thank you to Net Galley for the Advanced Reader Copy in exchange for my unbiased review.

This book had me hooked from the very beginning. Told from several different points of view which I enjoyed. Every character had some sort of drama associated with them and unlike in other books, it all just made sense. Sometimes I feel like authors try to have too many subplots and it takes away from the overall arc of the story, with this book, it worked. The only reason I gave this 5 stars is a would have liked to see a little more oomph from the ending.
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If you have ever thought about signing up to an online dating site, let this serve as a warning.  What you see is not always what you get.  A thriller that sets you up for some surprises and leaves you convinced that anyone who uses these sites is asking for trouble.
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“All the Wrong Places” is a gripping story of the dangers of the modern age of dating when combined with preconceived and well-in-need-of-refreshing relationship struggles: affairs, abuse, deaths of loved ones, and the dangers of blind dates. Fielding doesn’t shy away from some of the worst of these scenarios and how dating apps change them, and for that it’s a delightfully refreshing work. It feels very modern without ever feeling cliche, and expects its audience to be as modern as her. There’s no explicit explanation for what online dating is that slows the plot down, and for that I’m grateful. You really relate to the protagonist and some of the struggles she goes through as she moves through a period of great change. Other characters... not so much, but that isn’t always their purpose. 

This is a murder mystery serial-killer thriller that would have benefitted from one major change... removing the serial killer altogether. Joy Fielding tries to straddle the line in “All the Wrong Places” between family drama, modern relationships, and classic fear of the unknown, but it only left me feeling that certain themes were featured and appreciated more that others. Death is used as some kind of cruel vindication, not as a dangerous haunt that ‘could happen to anyone’ that Fielding was trying to suggest in the first half of the book. I feel this has a lot to do with the actual pacing of the story - there’s a sense of disconnect where you expect that action to move that much faster, but connections between characters are few and late. I don’t want to go too far into details, but if things had just been paced out differently, I could have seen this as a beautiful and eerie echo to ‘Silence of the Lambs’. I’d be interested in reading more of Fielding’s work, but I don’t feel this was quite the right kind of thriller for me.
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I'm grateful for an advanced copy from NetGalley and Ballantine Books. I really liked Paige, Joan and Chloe's story. I liked their relationship,  their personalities and their stories. Unfortunately as I continued to read, I liked less and less this story. It just didn't grab my attention.
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My very first impression of the book was that something got crossed during downloading and I ended up with a wrong book. Based on the synopsis, I was expecting a thriller. Instead, I kept wondering what the heck this book is about. Having finished reading it, I still don't know what this book was about. One thing I DO know it's not a thriller, it's not a mystery. It's not even really about "the dangers of online dating".
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This book makes me SO glad I'm not into internet dating!!!  As with all Joy Fielding books I've read, this one is well written with good pacing, realistic characters, and a great story.  I especially appreciated that the 70-year-old character in the book is portrayed as a vibrant, interesting woman rather than the 'old lady' stereotype that women of that age so often are shown in books.  There are several different storylines that come together nicely and don't compete with each other.

This is definitely a thriller and though I could anticipate some of the twists that were coming, they were laid out with such finesse that guessing them didn't spoil the enjoyment.

Loved the ending!
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Paige is having a really bad year. First she loses the job she loves when her firm is bought out. Then she catches her boyfriend Noah in bed with her cousin Heather. She moves back home with her widowed mother Joan and they decide to try their hand at online dating. Her best friend Chloe sets up an online dating profile too, to check out all her husband's profiles. Meanwhile young women are going missing in Boston. . The reader knows from the beginning that Mr. Right Now is a serial killer, and like in the movies you want to yell at the heroine to look out.  After reading the blurb on the book, I pushed it aside, not sure why in the world I had chosen it. A group of friends online dating together. Really? But it is so much more. The story line drew me in and made me want to keep reading right to the satisfying ending.  Mrs Fielding excels in character development. She has given us characters who are relatable, strong and likeable women and mostly flawed men, characters you care about. She introduced me to the ins and outs of online dating  (and made me very glad we didn't have this back in the day) and also pointed out its shortcomings and dangers. I want to thank Netgalley and the publisher for allowing me to read and review this novel. I look forward to reading more of Ms Fielding's work.
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I liked the premise of this story--killer stalking his victims through dating apps. The world of online dating is fraught with problems that can easily help a villain get away with murder. But the story in the end basically went nowhere. The characters were essentially caricatures of people: Paige was the "perfect" girl who had some bad things happen, Heather was the "shallow" girl who just wanted everything her cousin Paige had, and Chloe was the poor, cheated on wife.
I couldn't decide what the author wanted this book to be--mystery, thriller, etc, none of these actually happened. I kept expecting that the killer would actually end up being unveiled as a real character in the story, or that the women would figure out what was going on and sting him, or *something*. Instead, we get a terrible ending with nothing resolved. Fielding's books are hit or miss for me, and this one was a miss.
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Beware!   Online Dating!

Interesting and current topics.

There is a serial killer on the move stalking the online matchmaking sites.   The story centers around a young career woman named Paige who recently and suddenly ended a relationship when she found her cousin and live-in boyfriend in a very compromising position and quickly moved in with her widowed seventy year old mother who lives close by to her best friend Chloe, who seems to be in a bad relationship as well.   Paige decides to try online dating since it is not easy to meet single men anymore.
Be careful what you wish for!

I have always been a fan of Joy Fielding and enjoy her writing style.
There is quite a bit of drama with all the characters and a light touch of humor to their personalities which makes them very relatable.  This is not a cozy mystery but it had myself feeling comfortable and then I get a big wallop that this is more a subdued, suspenseful thriller and not a warm and fuzzy read.
     
I want to thank Netgally and the publisher Random House Publishing and Ballantine Books for the opportunity to read this ARC.

I have rated this book 4 terrific 🌟🌟🌟🌟 stars!!
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I liked everything but the ending!

Oh, this kept me going.  It's delightfully twisty and I worried so about our main character!  Was our serial killer going to succeed?  Or would she get the better of him?  And what about her mother???  I was so worried about her!

Well, I won't tell you the answers to my questions of course.  I'll just tell you that I read this at breakneck speed and was so sorry it was over.

And as for that ending?  I didn't like it, but I got it!  I think our author is a little devious, but I give her props for it.

A good read!

*ARC Provided via Net Galley
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I loved this book! I was glad there were three very strong female leads in the book, Paige, Chloe and Heather, as well as the mother, Joan.  Super fast read! Thrilling and tense, kept me guessing to the end what would happen. And I loved the end, it was just what I wanted it to be! I love Joy Fielding's books, but the last few have not been very memorable. This one is! I would recommend it, in fact, have already done so for my library!
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